1. The Ends Justify the Means: The broken promises of Lenin’s regime delivered just the opposite. He guaranteed a free press, but in his first two days of communist rule he halted it. He called it temporary, but it wasn’t.
2. The Firstest with the Mostest: Besides implementing a strategy of lies, Lenin also was quick to seize the semantic high ground. He swiftly altered and manipulated the meanings of words – intellectually disarming opponents. Lenin also took title to the word “democracy,” disarming opponents who were then unable to project a coherent message. By controlling words, Lenin controlled perceptions of reality.
3. Never Let a Crisis go to Waste: The Bolsheviks would even create a crisis to achieve a goal.
4. Demonization: In denouncing opponents, Lenin was obsessive, virulent and personal, calling them “bloodsuckers,” “insects,” “spiders,” “leeches” and “vampires.” The bourgeois were “ex-people.” The murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family was termed “a humane act.” Then there were “hoarders,” “wreckers,” “saboteurs” and, worst o
f all, “Kulaks” — the prosperous and industrious peasants of whom Lenin spoke only “with the most seething hatred.”
5. Propaganda of Example: Perhaps the most disturbing means of propaganda against Russia’s mostly illiterate population was the use of example as part of a reign of terror. Public hangings and shootings served as well as any written material to force Russians into submission. “These swine have to be dealt with so that everyone will remember it for years,” Lenin wrote.
6. Blame your Predecessor: As has happened anytime socialism has been tried, it was a failure. Lenin’s civil war cost 13 million lives and his ruinous economic policies triggered the famine of 1921-1922. Lenin had an endless propensity to blame his predecessor, the Czar, for the economic havoc.
We have not witnessed #5 literally being employed. We have seen very real scare tactics used by the regime when they lie to the poor and minorities telling them what the opposition will do to them if the opposition gains power. However, Obama and his henchmen are employing every one of the others, just as Lenin showed them how to do it. Lenin was a good teacher and Obama, Axelrod, Jarrett and now Podesta are good students.